Boots, Bikes and Boats–Annual Trails Conference October 9th

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Whether you lace up rugged hiking boots or brightly-colored running shoes, pedal a sleek road racer or knobby-tired mountain bike, or paddle a modern kayak or a more traditional canoe, there are great opportunities in and around the Maumee Valley. Join us on October 9th, in Napoleon, OH.
This trails conference will bring together representatives from all three areas. An intensive one-day pro-gram will discuss such trail issues as funding sources; route planning and considerations; trail marking, signage and maps; infrastructure requirements and features; and promotion. Along with the basic issues shared by all trails, connectivity will also be discussed.

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Free Program about Maumee Valley History!


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Spring Newsletter 2015

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Maumee Valley Scenic Byway Public Meeting

Public Input is Critical

Please join the Maumee Valley Heritage Corridor and the Fallen Timbers Battlefield Commission on May 5th, at 7:00pm, at the Lamb Center at Sidecut Metropark, 1025 W. River Rd. Maumee, Ohio.  The meetings will focus on a five-year management plan to promote the Byway and heritage tourism in northwestern Ohio. Reservations are not required.For more information, please contact Angie Quinn at, or 260-450-2057.

Tour of Historic Fort Wayne and the Merchant Huxford House, May 17th.

Join MVHC for a tour of Old Fort Wayne and the historic Merchant Huxford House, Sunday, May 17th at 1pm. We’ll meet at the Old Fort and enjoy the activities, and then take a tour of the Huxford house, nearby. The Huxford House is owned and being restored by our partner organization, ARCH. It was built c. 1850 and incorporated timbers from the last buildings of the military fort into its structure. No charge, but a free-will donation will be gladly accepted. Funding in part from the Indiana Humanities with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Please rsvp to Angie at or 260-450-2057. Space is limited.

Early Naturalists of the Maumee Valley– program and hike, June 7th

Join the Maumee Valley Heritage Corridor and Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation for a family-friendly program about Indiana’s early Naturalists. Naturalist and local historian Terri Gorney will provide a program about Indiana and Ohio’s early naturalists, including Homer Price and Gene Stratton Porter, who both spent time documenting the flora and fauna of the Maumee River Watershed. Then, Angie Quinn, Lindenwood Nature Preserve’s naturalist Malorie , and some Volunteer Indiana Master Naturalists will lead hikes and provide instruction about how to keep a nature diary. Diaries, pencils, and other supplies will be provided. This program is free of charge. Please contact Amy @ 260-427-6005 to reserve your spot today! Funding in part from the Indiana Humanities with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Other News:

Maumee Valley Heritage Corridor has reached a critical point. We have been unable to secure funding to retain our Executive Director for more than a few hours per month, thus limiting our ability to provide the programs and services formerly offered.

As a result, we are working to be as financially responsible with your donations. We will be converting to an online-only newsletter, beginning with this, our April 2015, newsletter. However, because this is a free service for non-profit customers, we will be able to send a newsletter to you each month, We will also post in on our webpage, so that you can read it there as well.

Coming Events:

Mark your calendars now for our annual Regional Trails Conference, October 9th, at Oberhaus Park in Napoleon, Ohio. Constructing a “water trail” along the Maumee River will be one of the topics. Check our next newsletter for more information.

Introducing New Board Member….Dave Westrick

I was born in Napoleon, Ohio, and raised on a farm outside of Ottawa. I graduated from Miller City High School and earned a Bachelors degree in Journalism from Ohio University.  I worked as a newspaper reporter, media spokesman, ad agency copy writer and communications director before starting my own media consulting business. I am currently retired and living in Maumee with my wife Nanci.  We have two daughters and four beautiful grandchildren.  I am an avid outdoorsman and an amateur historian.  In addition to belonging to several history, preservation and nature groups I currently serve as President of the Fallen Timbers Battlefield Preservation Commission. One of my favorite hobbies in canoeing. I spend a lot of time on the Maumee and have paddled every river in the watershed. Working with the MVHC strikes me as a natural combination of my love of history and the natural world.

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The Battle for the Great Lakes: How the War of 1812 Fractured the Unity of the Great Lakes Basin, Destroyed One Nation, and Created Two Others

You are cordially invited to the Maumee Valley Heritage Corridor Annual Meeting and Conference, November 9, 2014

The Maumee Valley Heritage Corridor will hold its annual meeting and conference on November 9 at Nazareth Hall, 21211 W River Rd, Grand Rapids, Ohio. This year’s focus is on the impact of the period 1812-1814 on northwest Ohio, Northeast Indiana and the Great Lakes. Luncheon begins at 12:00pm.  Business meeting begins at 1:00pm. The Keynote address, given by Dr. Theodore Karamanski, Professor, Public History Graduate Director, Loyola University, Chicago will begin at 1:15pm.  Michael Galbraith, Executive Director, ARCH, Inc., Fort Wayne will give a presentation about the effect of the War of 1812 on native peoples of the region at 2:30pm.

Professor Theodore Karamanski will present an assessment of the War of 1812 as part of a sixty-year long struggle between Europeans, European-Americans, and Native Peoples for control of the Great Lakes. The American defeats at Detroit and Queenstown Heights laid a foundation for the emergence of the modern nation of Canada. The American victories on Lake Erie and at the Thames reasserted the republic’s ability to resist the power of the British Empire but also had the effect of destroying a nascent cross-border First Nations effort to create an independent native nation in the heart of North America. The modern Great Lakes basin divided as it is between two nations, eight states, two provinces, and a variety of semi-sovereign native communities was the result of the war and has been an environmental management nightmare ever since.

Registration is $20, for members and $25 for non-members, and includes lunch. Attendees may register via mail to the organization’s Indiana office address, 4330 Pembroke Lane, Fort Wayne, IN 46807. Please include the names of attendees, and check payable to Maumee Valley Heritage Corridor. Deadline is November 4. For more information:

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Next program: July 26th, Blue Cast Nature Preserve, Allen County Indiana, 10am.

Details soon, but we promise a fun and educational hike at Blue Cast, ACRES Landtrust’s newest preserve along the banks of the Maumee. We’ll talk about the “healing waters” and old sanitarium, evidence of ancient mound building, and more. Fun for all ages, no charge (although both groups happily accept donations).  Bring your hiking boots and bug spray.

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Remembering the Maumee Valley’s Military Legacy — Memorial Weekend Visit to Fallen Timbers —May 25, 2014

Fort Wayne, May 18, 2014: The Maumee Valley Heritage Corridor (MVHC) will host a public program at the Fallen Timbers Memorial at 2:00pm on Sunday, May 25th, beginning at 2:00pm.

The Maumee Valley is the site of the earliest military operations and battles of the United States following the writing of the Constitution in 1787, preceding the national celebration of Memorial Day by many years. The Maumee Valley Heritage Corridor has chosen the Memorial Day holiday as an appropriate time to remember the participants of these early battles, both friend and foe alike.

Our May 25th program will begin at 2pm, with a brief historical overview of the military operations in the region from 1790 to 1794, followed by visiting the markers and memorials located at the monument site.

Each year Maumee Valley Heritage Corridor provides free public programs on a variety of heritage, environmental, and recreational topics. The May 25th program is funded in part by a grant from the Ohio Humanities Council.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Angie at Maumee Valley Heritage Corridor at 260-450-2057.




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Connecting Us, Connecting Uses: Using Trails for Healthy Maumee Valley Communities

Along Spy Run, Fort Wayne, Angie Quinn

Along Spy Run, Fort Wayne, Angie Quinn

Regional Trails Conference —May 2, 2014

Fort Wayne, April 2, 2014: The Maumee Valley Heritage Corridor (MVHC) will host a Regional Trails Conference on Friday, May 2, 2014, from 9:30 am to 4pm at Oberhaus Park in Napoleon Ohio.  The Maumee Valley has a wealth of fine local and county-wide trail systems, as well as state-wide and national trails, and connectivity between communities and trail systems. This conference will highlight the economic impact of trail systems for local economies, and provide opportunities for our regional systems to network and plan for future connectivity between systems.

Featured keynote speaker Harry Burkholder describes the importance of trails: “Trails were once considered to be undesirable and unnecessary infrastructure in communities; the outdated worry was that trails would bring crime into neighborhoods. In reality, trails have proven to be sought-after amenities – not only do trails increase nearby property values, they contribute to a community’s sense of place and offer new economic development potential. In addition, comprehensive multi-jurisdictional trail systems can provide an economic boost to an entire region.”

Harry Burkholder is an AICP certified Community Planner II with the Land Information Access Association (LIAA), a non-profit community service organization located in Traverse City. For the last ten years, Harry has assisted in the development and implementation of LIAA’s Partnerships for Change Program and Planning for Resilient Communities Program – an inter-governmental planning and resource management grant program which has assisted over 40 communities in Michigan on joint land use planning. In addition, Harry has worked with several communities to develop joint recreation authorities, collaborative recreation plans and community-wide efforts designed to leverage recreation assets and trails for economic and community development opportunities. Harry is currently working on several local and regional Trail Town program across Michigan. Harry holds a B.A. in Political Science from Western Michigan University and an M.U.R.P. from Michigan State University.

His presentation will be an interactive and entertaining session, and attendees will learn how communities across Michigan are using the Trail Town concept to leverage trail-based tourism and recreation for local economic and community development.

This all-day program is designed for local municipalities, trails groups, park departments, destinations (recreational, cultural, historical, and natural) business owners, chambers of commerce, convention and visitors bureaus, and related organizations. Registration is $20, and includes lunch. Attendees may register via mail to the organization’s Indiana office address, 4330 Pembroke Lane, Fort Wayne, IN 46807. Please include the names of attendees.

Other presenters include Angie Quinn, MVHC  and Betsy Yankowiak, Director of Preserves and Programs, Little River Wetland Project, Fort Wayne; Rory Robinson, National Park Service, and representatives of the North Country National Scenic Trail and the Buckeye Trail.

Please contact Angie at Maumee Valley Heritage Corridor at 260-450-2057 for more information.



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Help Plan for the development of the Maumee’s Headwaters at Fort Wayne


From the City of Fort Wayne:

February 24, 2014 – The public is invited to share their vision for Fort Wayne’s downtown riverfront at two public input meetings.Both meetings will take place at the main branch of the Allen County Public Library in the auditorium. The meetings are set for:

*Wednesday, March 12 from 5:30-7:30 p.m., with a presentation at 5:45 p.m.

*Thursday, March 13 from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., with a presentation at 11:15 a.m.

“Public input is critical to the success of our riverfront study,” said Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry. “This is everyone’s riverfront and the final designs need to reflect the hopes and dreams of our entire community.”

In November 2013, the City contracted with SWA Group to conduct the Riverfront Study, which is the first comprehensive look at enhancing the use of our City’s rivers; it is intended to provide the road map to a world class investment.

During the public input meetings, SWA will provide an overview of the data collected and preliminary development concepts. The consulting team will then listen to citizens’ vision for the downtown riverfront; the team will use this input to create designs and implementation strategies.

SWA Group, an urban planning, design and landscape architecture firm working worldwide from seven locations, is the lead consultant on the study. They have extensive expertise in riverfront development in the U.S. and around the world. SWA’s team includes Fort Wayne-based MKM Architecture + Design; Market Feasibility Advisors; Biohabitats; Moffatt & Nichol; Empower Results; and AMEC.


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The Underground Railroad in the Maumee Valley, February 22 and 23

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The Rankin House in Ripley, Ohio was reached by a steep stairway, portions of which were wood and stone. One of the stone treads is now located at the Alexander T. Rankin house in Fort Wayne, donated by a John Rankin descendant. Photograph from the Ohio Historical Society.

Join us in either Fort Wayne or Sylvania for a program about the Underground Railroad in the Maumee Valley. This new presentation, by MVHC executive director Angie Quinn, is part of the Layers of History activities provided throughout the year. Quinn has studied  the Underground Railroad, abolition and reform movements of the mid19th century  for several years, and has presented programs throughout Indiana. She is excited about the wealth of materials about the efforts of so many to make themselves free in the Maumee watershed area.

On February 22, the program will be presented at 1:45pm at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, 311 E. Main Street. The Fort Wayne Museum of Art in collaboration with the African/ African American Historical Society and Museum and the Three Rivers Institute of Afrikan Arts and Culture is presenting Underground No More: A Symposium on the Underground Railroad on February 22, 2014 from 1pm-5pm.  The event is in conjunction with the exhibition Variations upon a Theme: Songs of the Underground Railroad, an installation by Ohio artist Johnny Coleman.  Local and regional scholars will be presenting on different topics associated with the Underground Railroad and Mr. Coleman will present on his installation.   The event will conclude with a reception where participants can meet the presenters and converse about the topics discussed during the day. Admission to this program is free, with admission to the museum ($1).

Moving the Lathrop House

The Lathrop House in Sylvania was moved to Harroun Park, and is being prepared for tours by Toledo Metroparks. From the City of Sylvania webpage.

On February 23rd, the program will be held at the Sylvania Historic Village, at 2:00pm.  Sylvania was a frequent stop  for self-emancipated peoples as they traveled towards freedom in Canada. This event is free.

Please join us.

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Program for January

Looking for something to do on a snowy winter’s night? Join the Maumee Valley Heritage Corridor for some family-friendly programming in the Valley:

January 13, 2014, 7 pm. — Layers of History: The Immigration Story of the Maumee Valley. Lecture and program by Angie Quinn, To be held in conjunction with the Path Stone Migrant Education Center, 2453 County Road V, Liberty Center, OH  43532. Contact Angie Quinn, 260-450-2057. (We are working to have a Spanish interpreter available for the program– want to volunteer?).

From Toledo, take US 24 west to exit 57, and go north on Ohio 295 to Neowash Road (143). Turn left and continue west on Neowash Road. As it crosses the county line into Henry County it becomes County Road V.  Path Stone is located on the south side of the road, between County Road 2 and County Road 3.

From Fort Wayne, take US 24 East to exit 47, and go north on 1o9 through Liberty Center. Continue north to County Road V, and turn right. Go east on County Road V. Path Stone is located on the south side of the road, between County Road 2 and County Road 3.

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